I know you feel me, mamas, because it happens to you, too.
A sneeze or giggle can do it. Some trampoline fun is almost a guarantee. But it’s the dreaded coughing attack that had me running from a communal cottage kitchen table this summer—headed straight for the bathroom. Because I knew what was coming.
Oh, was there pee. I coughed, then peed. Coughed, and peed. Coughed again. Peed again. I can only thank the universe for giving me quick reflexes and fast legs to take me to a toilet in time.
After giving birth to two large babies in a matter of minutes both times, there are no number of Kegels in the world that can prevent the inevitable bursts of pee that escape during those sneezes, giggles, jumps and coughs.
There’s nothing wrong with having ladybits that have been put through the ringer by childbirth. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about either. Frankly, it’s probably one of the most universal truths we share as mothers who’ve had babies through the southern tunnel.
But, boy, if only I could predict how much might escape.
I’ve learned to cross my legs, ever so gracefully, when I feel this clandestine moment coming on. Most of the time, it works. But I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that there have been, er, mishaps.
So if you ever hear me laugh wildly and follow it up with, “I just peed in my pants a little,” you can trust that I’m not kidding around.
And that’s probably why when a set of Poise Pads arrived at my doorstep one day while my mom was over watching my kids, she got just as excited as when my kids see the FedEx truck come rolling down the street.
“Can I have those?” she asked.
Not so fast, mom. Not. So. Fast.
Obviously, I had to put them to the test. I mean, that’s what I do, right? And since I know you want TMI, here’s how I tested them: instead of clenching in all my Kegel glory during a particularly enthusiastic round of jumping jacks, I channelled Elsa. That’s right — I let it go.
And let me tell you ladies, these suckers work wonders, and they’re thin so you won’t even notice you’re wearing them. I approve.
Since I know you need these as much as I do, I’m happy to tell you that Poise is offering a $2 off coupon at Walmart right now. Just for you.
DISCLAIMER: Poise compensated me for this post. But the pee story is real, as is my mom’s enthusiastic response to seeing Poise Pads come to the door. Opinions are always my own.